Just like on Friday, I saw a new theme in today’s episode of Days. Today’s magic word was fathers, or more importantly, daddies. Three different storylines focused on the father/daughter relationship and it occured to me how different each one was.
John/Belle: Watching their scenes together, or more importantly, what Belle dreams of their relationship is really quite disturbing. John Black visits his daughter in her bed while she’s wearing a negligee to talk about her love life. I knew Belle had daddy issues but I had no idea it could be so extreme. There were moments when he touched her that made me cringe in the same way in watching Chelsea and Max make out. Tell me I’m not crazy!
Steve/Stephanie: Such a different dymanic. I have no doubt that Steve loves his daughter very much but he was unable to be there for most of her life. Now she is demanding him to step up and be the father he always said he wanted to be. It’s a reversal from John and Belle because Belle is so dependant on her father. I’m sure she would never have left Salem if John had not been in a coma. Stephanie, on the other hand, has grown to be quite an independant woman and can live and support herself. I’m afraid she is going to get disappointed pretty fast thanks to that tarot-bearing doctor who is working with him. (Note: I’m sure I will be kicked out of the S/K fanclub, but I loathe Stephanie calling Steve “papa”. I don’t get why that is so important. We are not living in the 18th century and strikes me so odd any young girl would feel natural in saying it.)
Roman/Sami: Obviously,Roman the Repulsive and Sami did not share any scenes but I felt it fit in with today’s theme. Unlike John and Steve, Roman’s love for Sami always is conditional, at least in the last several years. Sami craves attention like Belle does but the difference is she never received it thus resulting in pushing herself into the self-destructive nature we are seeing over and over again. What if Sami had the same relationship with her dad like Belle does (ok, maybe not being that close!), would she have been able to come clean to him about EJ?